Citizen’s Energy Group proposes rate hike, Public hearing Tuesday night

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Indianapolis, Ind. (January 12, 2016) – A sewer tax rate hike has been proposed by Citizen’s Energy Group and Marion County residents are invited to comment on the increase.

Tuesday’s public hearing is an opportunity for customers to speak directly to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.

“It’s a difficult balancing act anytime you talk about a sewer rate case because nobody like a rate increase and that’s totally understandable,” said Anthony Swinger, Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor.

The IURC’s hearing will be held in the auditorium at Emmerich Manual High School (2405 Madison Ave. in Indianapolis) at 6:00 p.m.

An OUCC informational meeting on field hearing procedures and the regulatory process will start at 5:30 p.m.

Citizens Energy Group is proposing a two-phase increase in its rates for sewage disposal service.

The additional revenues would pay for the continuation of major capital projects, the continuation of the utility’s septic tank elimination program, and proposed extensions and replacements to the sewage disposal collection system.

The utility’s proposal would generate about $87 million in new annual operating revenues when fully implemented.

Under the proposal, total sewer revenues would rise by about 37.3 percent in July 2016, and another 3.8 percent in July 2017.

A monthly sewer bill for a residential customer using 5,000 gallons of water per month would rise from $38.35 to $57.99 in July 2016 and to $61.58 in July 2017. The monthly minimum residential and commercial sewer charge, under Citizens’ proposal, would rise from $28.54 to $44.00 in July 2016 and to $46.80 in July 2017.

“Usually there are no time limits,” said Swinger. “Obviously we want people to be succinct and to the point, but anything that you think the commission ought to know, anything we should know, is fair game.”

If you can’t make the meeting, you can submit written comments here no later than January 15, 2016.

You can also mail, e-mail or fax comments.

  • Mail: Consumer Services Staff
    Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor
    115 W. Washington St., Suite 1500 South
    Indianapolis, IN 46204
  • email:
  • Fax: (317) 232-5923

Comments should include the consumer’s name, mailing address, and a reference to “IURC Cause No. 44685.”

“It’s additional information to go in the record for the commission to consider, and hear directly from the customers as it weighs the evidence and makes the decision,” said Swinger.

The OUCC has not yet taken a position on the proposed sewer rate changes. After completing its review, the OUCC is scheduled to file testimony on January 22, 2016.

Call 1-888-441-2494  if you have any questions.

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